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Saɱyutta Nikāya,
V: Mahā-Vagga
51. Iddhipāda Saɱyutta
II. Pāsādakampana-vaggo dutiyo

Kindred Sayings on the Bases of Psychic Power
V: The Great Chapter
Chapter II: The Shaking of the Terraced House

Sutta 18

Bhikkhu Suttaɱ

Monk

Translated by F. L. Woodward
Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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[1][olds]THUS have I heard:

Once the Exalted One was staying near Sāvatthī.

Then the Exalted One addressed the monks,
saying:

"Monks."

"Yes, lord," replied those monks to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One said:

"Monks, it is by cultivating
and making much of
four bases of psychic power
that a monk,
by the destruction of the āsavas,
realizes even in this very life
by his own unaided powers
the heart's release,
the release by insight
which is free from the āsavas,
and having won it
dwells therein.

What are the four?

"Herein a monk cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
desire,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
energy,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
thought,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

He cultivates that basis of psychic power
of which the features are
investigation,
together with the co-factors
of concentration
and struggle.

Monks, it is by cultivating
and making much of
these four bases of psychic power
that a monk,
by the destruction of the āsavas,
realizes even in this very life
by his own unaided powers
the heart's release,
the release by insight
which is free from the āsavas,
and having won it
dwells therein.


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